While having had an inspiring time away in Asia recently I have found myself to have had an influx of new ideas with many different avenues. Place and a sense of nostalgia have been a focal point in my work for a number of years and this hasn't changed.
some of the newer work I am doing at the moment will be based around these very same themes and ideas in a number of differing mediums. I am hoping to grasp a more rounded view with this next phase of work.
watch this space :)
On my recent travels around South East Asia I found some incredible inspiration when it comes to architecture and surroundings. The first stop was to Hong Hong, then onto Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and a brief stop in Bangkok. I am looking forward to getting some new work made with these wonderful places in mind with a possible exhibition later on in the year!
I took part in my second market in Killarney and also my last one of the year. It went really well and I was just so excited to be involved again.
Please see a few photos from the day and despite the terrible weather there was a lovely crowd throughout the day.
On Sunday 11th of November I will be setting up for my second Market in the Laurels Hall in Killarney. The last one on the 14th of October was great, I wasn't sure how well it would go with regards to selling but I had a nice amount of interest and I am definitely looking forward to it on Sunday!
I try to bring a variation of work with me but with a lot of my work being done on a bespoke basis for people it is almost hard to find time to do any extras.. hopefully all will go well at the weekend.
A large part of my work outside of the commissioned work is based on nostalgia, it has mostly been based around local buildings and creating a vibe and memory from an older time. I do my best to give an atmosphere to each piece to try give the viewer a sense of movement and life.
Here are a couple of the recent ones.
Fortunately, lately I have spent my time working on commissioned paintings for some wonderful people. There has been a variation of wedding, anniversaries, Christmas and birthday gifts and I have loved making them all! I am incredibly grateful to be able to do the one thing I absolutely love!
Here are a few of my latest commissioned pieces below.
I have just started some work on a project that has interested me for years. I have always love the idea of the streets of Killorglin and representing them in various paintings. I lived away for years in London, I would come home regularly but no matter how often I came home and would drive up through the town I would always be looking for and always notice something had changed. I am sure this is true of any little Irish town. It was that feeling of change at home that I found comforting. Everything is evolving and changing.
So the other day I started to sketch and add some watercolour to my first pub front, Falveys. (Image below)
This is the beginning of this project and I will move onto oils soon enough but working with watercolours gives me a different freedom to work quickly and also to work in a smaller space!
Puck Fair Pop Up Shop
My first little craft shop was for the local festival of Puck Fair. A very interesting experience. There are people from all walks of life walking through the festival so it was a great way to get a variety of people talking about some of the work.
I have maybe always secretly loved the colour pink. It is only in the last few months really that I have noticed that it has had a big part of my work. Influenced by my Barbie and Fashion Wheel obsession growing up! Reliving my childhood!
Salvador Dali was a big inspiration for me before I went to LSAD. His story fascinated me. Please read the link below to read more about his life and work;
Dali's clocks were one of the most significant thing for me within his work and what they represented; Salvador Dali uses sarcasm in the title of the clockspainting, Persistence of Memory to add a darker meaning to the painting. as we've discussed, the clocks are losing their power in this dream world. They are literally melting away, and thus seem anything but "persistent" in Dali'sdepiction.
My first attempt at Lino printing..
I just wanted to see what I could do with my sketches in other forms. I will hopefully get a clearer image from my next one but practise is essential for this kind of printmaking! You can keep taking away bits of the Lino but you can't exactly put them back so there isn't a lot of room for error. They are quite roughly styled anyway, I am not keen on too much perfection with lines in general, I just think it can take away from the natural movement of a drawing or print and it's not my own natural way to draw.
So like I said, I am hoping for the next Lino cut to be a bit more clear.
(the images below are based on my 'Girl with Headphones' sketch)